By Oscar Wilde
Los angeles vertueuse girl Windermere s’apprête à donner un bal pour son anniversaire. Elle est tout à ses préparatifs lorsqu’elle découvre que son époux entretient une femme à los angeles réputation sulfureuse. Sa jalousie explose. Le mari dément. Mais, comble du déshonneur, il lui demande d’inviter cette mystérieuse inconnue le soir même…
Premier grand succès théâtral d’Oscar Wilde, L’Éventail de girl Windermere tourne en dérision les travers d’une société gouvernée par l’hypocrisie et l’argent. Ironie, cruauté et amour se mêlent dans cette comédie parfaitement maîtrisée et d’une drôlerie exquise, où l’auteur, distillant paradoxes et mots d’esprit, questionne aussi le pouvoir et l’inanité du langage.
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LORD WINDERMERE : Margaret ! don’t speak like that of Mrs Erlynne, you don’t understand how unjust it is ! girl WINDERMERE, turning to him : you're very jealous of Mrs Erlynne’s honour. I want you were as jealous of mine. LORD WINDERMERE : Your honour is untouched, Margaret. You don’t imagine for a second that – (Puts e-book again into table. ) girl WINDERMERE : i feel that you just spend your funds surprisingly. that's all. Oh, don’t think I brain concerning the cash. so far as i'm involved, you could squander every little thing we've. yet what I do brain is that you just who've enjoyed me, you who've taught me to like you, should still move from the affection that's given to the affection that's acquired. Oh, it’s horrible ! (Sits on couch. ) And it's I who suppose degraded ! you don’t consider whatever. i believe stained, completely stained. You can’t discover how hideous the final six months appear to me now – each kiss you will have given me is tainted in my reminiscence. LORD WINDERMERE, crossing to her : Don’t say that, Margaret. I by no means enjoyed a person within the complete global yet you. girl WINDERMERE, rises : who's this lady, then ? Why do you are taking a home for her ? LORD WINDERMERE : i didn't take a home for her. woman WINDERMERE : You gave her the cash to do it, that's an analogous factor. LORD WINDERMERE : Margaret, so far as i've got recognized Mrs Erlynne – woman WINDERMERE : Is there a Mr Erlynne – or is he a myth ? LORD WINDERMERE : Her husband died a long time in the past. She is by myself on the earth. girl WINDERMERE : No relations ? A pause. LORD WINDERMERE : None. girl WINDERMERE : quite curious, isn’t it ? (L. ) LORD WINDERMERE, L. C. : Margaret, i used to be asserting to you – and that i beg you to hear me – that so far as i've got recognized Mrs Erlynne, she has performed herself good. If years in the past – woman WINDERMERE : Oh ! (Crossing R. C. ) I don’t wish information about her life ! LORD WINDERMERE, C. : i'm really not going to provide you any information about her lifestyles. I let you know easily this – Mrs Erlynne was honoured, enjoyed, revered. She used to be good born, she had place – she misplaced every little thing – threw it away, for those who like. That makes all of it the extra sour. Misfortunes you can actually suffer – they arrive from outdoor, they're injuries. yet to undergo for one’s personal faults – ah ! – there's the edge of existence. It used to be 20 years in the past, too. She used to be little greater than a woman then. She have been a spouse for even much less time than you might have. woman WINDERMERE : it's not that i am drawn to her – and – you mustn't point out this lady and me within the related breath. it truly is an mistakes of style. (Sitting R. at table. ) LORD WINDERMERE : Margaret, you'll shop this lady. She desires to come back into society, and she or he wishes you to aid her. (Crossing to her. ) woman WINDERMERE : Me ! LORD WINDERMERE : certain, you. woman WINDERMERE : How impertinent of her ! A pause. LORD WINDERMERE : Margaret, I got here to invite you an exceptional favour, and that i nonetheless ask it of you, notwithstanding you could have chanced on what I had meant you need to by no means have identified, that i've got given Mrs Erlynne a wide amount of money. i would like you to ship her a call for participation for our occasion this night.